Friday, August 21, 2009

Canning Pictorial


The wedding invitations are sent out and I am rewarding myself by doing a short pictorial of the canning we have done this year. First up were the canned peaches, recipe and instructions courtesy of the informative and knowledgeable Mrs. Zen at TennZen.

We then graduated to peach jam, with real vanilla beans. Yumm.....

We canned two different kind of pickles. The one on the left is pickle chips with a "Rodale spice mix" which includes bay leaves, mustard seeds, ginger, coriander, allspice, peppercorns and dried chilis. The one on the right is dill pickle spears with dill, mustard seeds and garlic cloves.
The chips are responsible for banning me from using the (new) mandolin..... I am so smart stupid that I did not feel the need to use the holder that comes with it, and promptly sliced off a nice chunk on one finger. Nice work. Even better was when I, a mere 2 days later, did it again on the next two fingers on the same hand. Apparently I don't like to learn from my mistake, and again felt that I was so smart stupid that I didn't need the holder. Then Sean banned me from the mandolin. But I know where he hid it.

The gracious and wonderful Mrs. JP over at "The Little Dog Shelter in the Holler" shared her recipe for salsa, and Sean and I spent an entire evening making LOTS of salsa with my pinieapple tomatoes. Hence the orange color salsa. We made a medium spicy for me, and a spicy version for him.

Now I just have this to work on. 96 small jars that are waiting on strawberry jam, blueberry jam and maybe a tomato marmalade. These will be the favors for the wedding, and I've found the most adorable little labels to put on the outside.

6 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow, you've been a busy girl! It's nice that Sean helps you (or keeps you from the apparatus!) I made one batch of peach chutney and found that peaches are so hard (and MESSY!) to handle??? Is there an easy way to take the pit out? I love your wedding favors idea--can't wait to see the labels!

wvfarmgirl said...

MMMMMMMMM... pineapple tomoato salsa! Sounds delish! And I love the idea for weddng favors!!

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Wow! Your jams and pickles look fabulous. I am still learning on how to make preserves. I will have to practice some more. Love the idea of these for wedding favors.

Irma :)

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

Love the color of the pineapple salsa! Bet it tastes really good. **hint hint** ;)
Great idea for wedding favors!

Mrs. JP said...

Wow, you've been a busy bee! I'm so impressed that you're giving home canned goods for gifts at you're wedding. I'm glad you made the salsa, it's addictive. The pickles look so good with all those spices floating around in the jar.

the inadvertent farmer said...

Wow what a busy household you have! I can't wait to see the itty bitty jars with labels. It ALL look delicious! Kim